Author: Michele Capecchi

Michele Capecchi, a registered lawyer and member of the Florence Bar Association, holds a master of laws in American law and international legal practice from the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He writes on general legal issues for TF and will consider relevant inquiries sent to [email protected] and [email protected] for upcoming articles. Author of the book 'Legal Advice for Expats in Italy' published by The Florentine Press.
October 15, 2019
LIFESTYLE

Italian citizenship rights for women

One of the most important principles of acquiring Italian citizenship is based on the nationality of one or both of your parents. Known as “jus sanguinis” (meaning “right of blood” in Latin), it is the rule by which citizenship is determined or acquired by nationality of one or both parents, regardless of where you were […]
October 8, 2019
NEWS

Citizenship, residency and tax liability

  “I am a U.S. citizen and I plan to move my residency to Italy. I will continue working remotely for my U.S.-based company and will continue paying my taxes in the U.S. What should I do to comply with Italian regulations too? You mentioned the importance of declaring foreign bank accounts in Italy. I […]
January 11, 2019
NEWS

How to acquire Italian citizenship

Steps to take, documents you'll need
May 22, 2018
NEWS

GDPR: What Italian businesses need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on May 25, 2018. Here is a useful summary for Italian business owners to establish how their businesses will be affected and understand whether their businesses are ready for these new rules.
March 2, 2018
LIFESTYLE

Reporting violence against women in Florence

Far too often during my career, I have met female clients seeking legal separation and protection from their husbands. Even after many years of practice, I am still shocked at the level of violence and the abuse of power that occurs in the family home. Some women say they tolerated violent behavior at the beginning […]
March 1, 2018
FOOD + WINE

Rotten (food) rights in Italy

Question: A few days ago I bought some fresh pasta from the chilled section at the supermarket near my house. As soon as I got home I put it in the fridge. After a few days I noticed that the packet, still sealed, had swollen up, so I took it back to the store with […]
September 18, 2017
LIFESTYLE

On ruined holidays

When summer comes to an end, the number of claims for damages caused by contractual breaches of tour operators and travel agents inevitably soars. All-inclusive travel packages are a service offered by travel agencies, through which, for a set price, all transportation (flight, ship, train), accommodation, food and other amenities are covered. Increasingly, however, tourists […]
May 11, 2017
LIFESTYLE

Opening a business in Italy: the basics

Can I do business in Italy from the U.S.? Can I sell my products in Italy? Should I set up a company in Italy? What type of company best suits my needs? Do I get a visa to live in Italy if I open an Italian company? These are some of the questions asked by […]
March 28, 2017
NEWS

Legal lines: in case of divorce

In this article, The Florentine’s legal columnist and international lawyer Michele Capecchi addresses many of the issues raised at the Round Table on Violence Against Women, held on March 16 at St. Mark’s English Church in Florence, organized by Lynn and Tessa Cole in collaboration with anti-violence center Associazione Artemisia. Q: I married an Italian […]
March 8, 2017
CULTURE

Italian measures to protect women: what’s in place?

On International Women’s Day (March 8), people around the world celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. But gender equality is still far from being reached and so many women, on a daily basis, seek help and support in handling and defending themselves from violence and abuse perpetrated by their partners. This is a […]